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Giving in to the Sabbath

It’s Christmas here in west Jerusalem. Like every week. I know I’m seriously mixing up my religions, but there‘s something … Continued

The outsider wins

Weekly Jewish Wisdom: The Outsider Wins by Dr. Erica Brown “There is no prophet in his own city.” Jewish adage … Continued

Holy conversation

Weekly Jewish Wisdom Holy Conversationby Dr. Erica Brown “Conversation is a form of prayer.” Talmud Brakhot 26b What are the … Continued

The tabernacle checklist

Weekly Jewish Wisdom The Tabernacle Checklist by Dr. Erica Brown “Just as the Lord had commanded Moses, so the Israelites … Continued

Love is a choice

Weekly Jewish Wisdom Love’s Armor By Dr. Erica Brown “Love rarely finds the one encased in armor.” -Rabbi David Wolpe … Continued

WJW: The other, the self

“We human beings are uneasy about what truly occurs deep inside the other, even if that Other is someone we … Continued

WJW The Gift

“It is better to lavish gifts on the poor than to feast heavily or to give presents to one’s friends. … Continued

WJW Half Full

“Pessimism in Judaism is usually premature.” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Mark Twain, who has been occupying a lot of literary attention … Continued

WJW The Ancient Border

“Remove not the ancient border.” Mishna Peah 7:3 In Helen Simonson’s lovely debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a very … Continued

I can’t remember

“Most people think of forgetting as a defect. But I consider it a great benefit.” Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav If … Continued

WJW The Journey to Judaism

“A non-Jew who has harvested his field and then converted is exempt from the obligation of gleaning, the forgotten sheaf … Continued

WJW All I Ask

“All that I have made, I made only for you. All that I ask of you is that you love … Continued

Deep Waters

“The words a person speaks are deep waters. A flowing stream. A fountain of wisdom.” Proverbs 18:4 The words we … Continued

The stranger and the angel

“I hear it said of somebody that he is leading a double life. I think to myself: Just two?” Leon … Continued

Fixing problems

“The purely righteous do not complain about evil but add righteousness; do not complain about heresy but add faith; do … Continued

Outrage at humanity’s use of technology

“If anyone makes his friend’s face turn white in public, it is as if he spilled blood.” Babylonian Talmud (Bava … Continued

Motivation 3.0

“Ben Hey-Hey says: ‘The reward is commensurate with the effort.’” Ethics of the Fathers 2:23 Remember the days when you … Continued

Challenging beginnings

This is a season of many new beginnings. Children begin new grade levels. Adolescents start college. People move into new … Continued

Renewable Energy

“Rabbi Yitzchak Said: ‘A person’s evil inclination tries to renew itself against him every day.” BT Sukkah 52a I’ve often … Continued

True Love

“You are the children of God, your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor make a bald patch between your … Continued